Essex 10-2

On Saturday night, Oct. 2, there's going to be a chili dinner and barn dance at Black Kettle Farm to raise money for Lakeside Preschool. The chili will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the dancing starts at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 9, there will be a lunch at the Community Church at 11:30 a.m., put on by the Beautification Committee, who would like to thank loyal plant waterers Brad, Harry and Jan.

Yoga classes are offered by Michelle Maron every Thursday morning at the Whallonsburg Grange. The classes start at 9 a.m. and for more information, call 962-8414.

The best show in town right now is the sewer line installation on Main Street. The man running the excavator digs with great precision and economy of movement, avoiding traffic, gawkers and overhead wires with aplomb. He's part of an experienced team that also includes the men in the trench who actually lay the pipe and the other equipment operators with massive dump trucks, loaders, rollers and even a street sweeper. I find it wholly engrossing to watch, as do a number of others, including certain town hall workers who admire brawny men in orange hard hats.

At the end of each work day the street is cleared of traffic cones and yellow machines, and the trench is neatly leveled off. One of the flagmen directing traffic told me he had a lot of complaints from post office patrons who were slightly inconvenienced for several hours one morning, but otherwise most people are impressed with the speed and quality of the job. By the way, traffic flaggers don't have to take rudeness from the public - they can report license plates to the police, and fines are doubled because it's a work area.

I've been visiting lots of local farms this past week, going on tours sponsored by Adirondack Harvest of beef operations and large vegetable farms. The farmers are thoughtful people, generous with their time, and they never send you home empty-handed. I received a pie pumpkin, a cob of field corn, several leeks, a bag of delicious carrots and a pound of Angus burger just for showing up to learn more about agriculture.

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